Brainerd woman charged with fifth degree possession of a controlled substance

Leah Christine Finical, 20, Brainerd, was charged Oct. 15 in the Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.

On Oct. 12, a Little Falls police officer observed a vehicle drive over the center line and make several lane changes. The vehicle was stopped and the passenger was identified as Finical.

In the criminal complaint, the officer said the driver and Finical appeared suspicious and paranoid.

The officer asked Finical to step out of the vehicle. He asked her where they were going and if there were any drugs or weapons in the vehicle. She allegedly said she wasn’t sure where they were going nor if there were any drugs or weapons in the vehicle.

After speaking to the driver, the officer asked to search the vehicle. The driver agreed, saying it wasn’t his vehicle.

A check of the driver’s driving record indicated his license was suspended and also, he could not provide proof of insurance.

Finical was asked to step out of the vehicle before the search. As she was walking over to the squad car, the officer heard an object hit the pavement. He found a glass pipe with white residue inside.

Finical allegedly said the pipe was hers. When asked if she had any other drugs or related items on her person, she allegedly handed the officer a baggie with a white substance in it, weighing 2.3 grams and later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

A $100 bill was also found in Finical’s possession.

According to the criminal complaint, Finical said she had used methamphetamine the day before. She also said the methamphetamine was not hers and that the driver of the vehicle had given her the baggie to hold and denied the $100 was hers.

If convicted, Finical faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.